Mike’s Marvellous Muesli Mix

Cornflakes are boring. All Bran is over-hyped. Branded muesli is over-priced and over-rated. Muesli is dangerous.

…some of my views on cereal-based breakfast, so I hack my muesli to make it more interesting and get better value for money.

How good is that? Muesli Mix
How good is that?


Ingredients are usually available at major supermarkets (Spar, Pick n Pay, etc.), although I don’t recall seeing the muesli crunch at Choppies.  Prices are from a Spar receipt dated August ’15.

You will need:

  • 1kg Jungle Oats
  • 750g or 1kg Nutzy Crunch, choose your size and flavour according to availability and value for money
  • 500g raisins
  • Garnish
    • Woolworths Granola ~2tbsp, it’s expensive stuff
    • dried fruit  ~1tbsp, it’s calorie dense
  • Milk
Basic ingredients for a great muesli mix.
Basic ingredients for a great muesli mix.


  • pour the oats, crunch and raisins into a tub or small bucket: ~4 litres with airtight lid
A fine sedimentary formation.
A fine sedimentary formation.
  • mix well by digging a spoon to the bottom of the bucket and pulling up while turning the bucket.

  • continue until it looks like this (you may find a bigger bucket is necessary for easier mixing)
Well mixed muesli.
Well mixed muesli.

Serving Instruction

  • for a sensible sized portion a 175ml yogurt pot gives a 100g serving
  • add milk to just cover muesli (experiment to see if you are a wet or dry person)
  • garnish to taste
    • Woolworths granola ~2tbsp (it’s expensive)
    • Dried fruit ~2tbsp (it’s high in calories)
  • allow to stand until required consistency is reached (experiment to see if you are a firm or soggy person)
  • eat with care (use of nutty crunch/granola is likely to expose poor dental work)
  • chew well, if you don’t the grains will be wasted. Like sweetcorn.
  • floss teeth (nobody likes seeing tooth gaps full of oat particles)

Nutritional Information

Cautionary note:

You will see here that muesli is energy dense, but it’s “good energy” in that it releases slowly.  This makes it a great starter before endurance exercise or avoiding mid-morning hunger pangs at work.  A yogurt pot of this mix with a similar quantity of milk will give you about 25% of your daily energy needs, and the protein carb/balance is about right (no-carb/low-carb diets might be a topic for a future post).

The nutritional information labels for the Nature’s Source crunch recommends a portion size of 30g/75ml, that’s half a cup full… not exactly filling.  In fact it seems to be a common “con” with many “health foods” to recommend a ridiculously small portion size.

The short story is that if you want to lose weight you need to eat less and move more.

The numbers:

For guidance only, will vary according to ingredients and serving size.

[table caption=”Per 100g of ingredient (from typical nutrition panels)” colwidth=”150,75,75,75,75,75,75,75,75,75,100″ colalign=”left|center|center|center|center|center|center|center|center|right”]
,Mass,Energy,Energy,Protein,Carbs,Of which sugar,Fat,Fibre,Cost
Oats,100,1528,382,14,57,1,7.9,12.3, P 2.15
Nature’s Source (African Sunrise),100,1751,438,10.7,60,20.8,12.5,5.8, P 5.68
Raisins,100,138,35,2,78,78.3,0.7,4.9, P 3.73
Milk (Full Cream),100,262,66,3.4,4.9,,3.4,, P 1.00
Dried Fruit,100,270,68,2,68,,0,2, P 10.00
Woolworths Granola,100,1900,475,9.7,60.4,18.9,17.4,6.5, P 8.00

[table caption=”Total Dry Mix (mass = packet size)” colwidth=”150,75,75,75,75,75,75,75,75,75,100″ colalign=”left|center|center|center|center|center|center|center|center|right”]
,Mass,Energy,Energy,Protein,Carbs,Of which sugar,Fat,Fibre,Cost
Oats,1000,15280,3820,144,570,10,79,123, P 21.45
Nature’s Source (African Sunrise),1000,17510,4378,107,600,208,125,58, P 56.75
Raisins,500,690,173,10,390,391.5,3.5,24.5, P 18.65
Total mass,2500,33480,8370,261,1560,609.5,207.5,205.5, P 96.85
Nutritional value,100,1339,335,10,62,24,8,8, P 3.87

[table caption=”Serving, 1 yogurt pot/175ml” colwidth=”150,75,75,75,75,75,75,75,75,75,100″ colalign=”left|center|center|center|center|center|center|center|center|right”]
,Mass,Energy,Energy,Protein,Carbs,Of which sugar,Fat,Fibre,Cost
Mike’s Muesli Mix,100,1339,335,10,62,24,8,8, P 3.87
Milk,160,419,105,5,8,0,5,0, P 1.60
Wet total,260,1758,440,16,70,24,14,8, P 5.47
“- add granola garnish”,25,68,17,1,17,0,0,1, P 2.50
“- add dried fruit garnish”,25,475,119,2,15,5,4,2, P 2.00
Served total,310,2301,575,19,102,29,18,10, P 9.97
Recommended Daily Amount,,8400,2000,50,300,,65,25,

Recommended Daily Amount (Daily Intake, for the pedants) based on Wikipedia – Recommended Dietary Allowance.

Author: Michael

Parent, husband and civil engineer born and raised in Britain before emigrating to Botswana. Interests in construction, information technology, fitness, mechanics and mapping, among others.

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